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26th December, 2017
Why should everyone oppose the National Medical Commission Bill 2017?

Composition of the National Medical Commission

One of the sections of the proposed Bill provides for the composition of the National Medical Commission, which will have a) a chairperson b) 12 Ex-officio Members c) 11-part time members d) an Ex-Officio Member Secretary. Thus, it would have an effective membership of 25 along with the Chairman of which only 5 members will be elected (Part Time Members who will be elected by the registered medical practitioners from among themselves from such regional constituencies and in such manner as may be prescribed.

Therefore, the proposed commission will have 1/5th members (20% elected members and 80% appointed / nominated members). It is for this reason it will not have a desired ‘representative character’ with reference to ‘elected and nominated / appointed members’ The composition of the four autonomous boards (Ethics and Medical Registration (EMR) Board, Medical Assessment and Rating (MAR) Board, Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) Board, Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) Board) prescribed under the Bill does not include any elected member there under. 

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IMA advises doctors to follow strict guidelines for antibiotic prescription
The role of antibiotics should be discussed in an informed consent
New Delhi, 25 December 2017: India still faces the problem of multi-drug resistance due to widespread and indiscriminate use of antimicrobial and antibiotic drugs. This is despite the setting up of a National Anti-Microbial Resistance Research and Surveillance Network (AMRRSN) to enable compilation of data of such resistance at different levels of healthcare and publishing of treatment guidelines for anti-microbial use in common syndromes. This network was set up by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
There is also a growing concern about the increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistance that has made it difficult to treat many bacterial infections. Considering this, the IMA has advised doctors to follow strict guidelines while prescribing antibiotics. The IMA has advised its members to mandatorily restrict the usage of antibiotics for treatment of proven bacterial infections. It has also brought out a policy on anti-microbial resistance.
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